By: Jason Rolfe
Virginia, like all coastal states in the U.S., has its share of marine debris challenges. But through the initiative and perseverance of a small and talented team, now Virginia has a marine debris reduction plan in place and they’re the first to do so on the East Coast!
In 2012, the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program began scoping out a framework and in less than two years, they developed a Marine Debris Reduction Plan to reduce the amount of marine debris from land-based and water-based sources in Virginia. The writing team worked with representatives from federal, state, and local agencies, academia, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders to determine feasible and realistic short and long term actions to reduce and prevent marine debris.
Through thoughtful planning and the hard work of those who live and work on our nation’s coasts and oceans, we can make a difference. Please take a moment to read about all the great work that our partners in Virginia are doing to prevent and reduce the impacts of marine debris.
Download a copy of the Virginia Marine Debris Reduction Plan.